Going to the Sun

Cycling Logan Pass

St Mary to west end of St Mary Lake (Warm up)

  • distance 18 km
  • elevation gain 264 m
  • elevation loss 204 m
  • average slope 2.3%

St Mary To West End Of St Mary Lake

West end of St Mary Lake to Logan Pass Summit (Grind Up)

  • distance 11 km
  • elevation gain 620 m
  • elevation loss 45 m
  • average slope 5.7%

West end of St Mary Lake to Logan Pass Summit

Logan Pass Summit to McDonald Creek (Flying Descent – Not over the edge!)

  • distance 17 km
  • elevation gain 60 m
  • elevation loss 997 m
  • average slope -5.8%

Logan Pass Summit To McDonald Creek

McDonald Creek to West Glacier (Get off the road by 11)

  • distance 34 km
  • elevation gain 175 m
  • elevation loss 282 m
  • average slope -0.9%

McDonald Creek To West Glacier

Total Ride: 80 km Total Elevation Gain: 1119 m Total Elevation Loss: 1528 m

From National Park Service: Biking Going to the Sun Road

For safety and to ease congestion, restrictions are in effect on sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, from June 15 through Labor Day:

From Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground bicycles are prohibited, both directions, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

From Logan Creek to Logan Pass east-bound (uphill) bicycle traffic is prohibited between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Start early! It takes about 45 minutes to ride from Sprague Creek to Logan Creek and about three hours from Logan Creek to Logan Pass.

When will Going to the Sun Road be open?

The earliest the Going-to-the-Sun Road could be accessible for its entire length is June 20, 2014. The actual date of opening will depend on whether Spring plowing is complete. Please visit our plowing status page to see plowing progress. In 2013, Logan Pass was accessible on June 21.

What is the maximum elevation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road?

Logan Pass is the highest point on the Going-to-the Sun Road at 6,646 feet.

Equipment (Suggestions)

Clothing Worn

  • bike shorts
  • cycling jersey
  • cycling gloves
  • helmet
  • cycling socks (thin, low-friction)
  • cycling shoes (that match your pedals obviously)
  • cycling cap (optional)
  • sunglasses

Clothing Carried

  • arm warmers
  • knee warmers/compression tights
  • thermal top (long sleeve wool/polyester crewneck shirt)
  • wind/rain shell
  • wind/rain pants (lightweight/optional)
  • down parka/vest (optional)
  • shell gloves (optional)
  • over-shoe booties (keep the water out of your shoes) (optional)
  • bandana (e.g. keep dust out of your mouth/nose, sun off your neck – I can provide these)

Sundries

  • small backpack
  • food bag
  • cycle computer (optional)
  • heart rate monitor (optional)
  • GPS with map (optional)
  • front white light (for visibility)
  • rear red flashing light (for visibility)
  • phone (optional)
  • Bearspray - one can each (optional)
  • FRS radio (to communicate with each other in case of flats)
  • mini lighter / waterproof matches

Food & Water

  • water bottle(s)
  • water bladder (in backpack)
  • electrolyte tablets/drops
  • diversity of food you can eat while riding
  • honey stingers
  • chews
  • goos
  • nuts
  • fruit leather

Tool/Possibilities

  • cycling multitool (or individual hex wrenches and chain break)
  • cycling pump/CO2 cartidges
  • patch box with 2 tubes of glue, 9 small patches, 1 large patch
  • chain lube in dropper bottle
  • T-shirt rag for cassette flossing
  • old toothbrush with cut handle
  • 2 plastic tire levers
  • spare tube(s)
  • toilet paper and hand sanitizer (necessary!)

Medical Kit

  • 3 non-stick dressings
  • 4 bandaid tough strips
  • 10 wound closure strips
  • 4 neosporin applications
  • 5 Q-Tips
  • Swiss Army knife tweezers
  • 1" roll of Leukotap
  • 2 tincture of Benzoin applications
  • 10 Advil & 4 Benedryl in flip-top container

Repair/Emergency Kit

  • 4 large zip ties
  • 4 small zip ties
  • 4 safety pins
  • 1" roll of gorilla tap / duct tape wrapped around a short pencil
  • 1 application of Krazy Glue
Other (Highly recommended)

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